Chesterfield’s Planapalooza Sets City Vision

Residents and local business owners recently completed an intense “Planapalooza” participatory, public input process to prepare a Comprehensive Plan that will enhance Chesterfield’s future. All events were held in a seven-day presentation/hands-on workshop between March 27 and April 3. The process entailed focus group discussions, presentations, an art contest and a Planapalooza studio at City Hall for anyone who couldn’t attend scheduled meetings and events to still provide feedback. Topics included transportation, mobility, parking, Chesterfield’s downtown, business, the economy, utilities, supporting infrastructure, neighborhoods, housing choices, All Things Green, character and authenticity.

Light of Parkway Award Winners Announced

Five Parkway School District employees are recipients of the 2019 Light of Parkway Award: Cheryl Toler, principal’s secretary, Green Trails Elementary; Dennis Schulte, licensed electrician, district facilities; Art Nieto, maintenance generalist, North High; Mike Keehnast, mail driver, district facilities; and Darryl Bolden, head custodian, Bellerive Elementary. The Light of Parkway Award recognizes the district’s extraordinary operations (non-certified) staff members who helped to create a positive and caring environment for the people they serve. The award program honors the memory of Sandy Finch, a former Parkway bus driver known for her exceptionally upbeat attitude and helpful interactions with staff, students and parents. The award for operations staff is made possible by the Parkway Alumni Association’s Sandy Finch Light of Parkway Fund. Winners receive $500 from the Parkway Alumni Association. A total of 28 employees were nominated for a 2019 Light of Parkway Award. 




Chesterfield May Get New Rowing Type of Fitness Studio

Chesterfield is among the six St. Louis area locations targeted to receive a Row House fitness studio, which focuses on indoor rowing sessions. Irvine, California-based Row House spokespersons said leases are still being negotiated, however, the other cities under consideration include Ballwin, Richmond Heights, Affton, Sunset Hills and Kirkwood. Row House participants generally row in-sync on rowing machines for a 45-minute, low-impact, full-body workout. A variety of classes are offered to allow those with differing strengths and abilities to have a synchronized group fitness experience, according to the company’s information.

Tour Local Senior Living Facility

Chesterfield representatives periodically host tours of area living facilities so participants can get a better understanding of amenities offered. Interested persons can join a group tour on June 20 to Mari de Villa Senior Living, 13900 Clayton Road, from 10 a.m. to noon. Shuttle buses will be available for transportation, picking up participants at Chesterfield City Hall, 690 Chesterfield Parkway West. Reservations are required; call 636.812.9500 or email to reserve spots.


Parkway West Teacher Receives Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Key

Parkway West High School Publications Journalism Adviser Debra Klevens was selected as a Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Gold Key recipient. With the Gold Key, the association’s leaders recognize educators and members of the professional press primarily for their service to the association. Through their contributions to CSPA, Gold Key recipients have demonstrated their support for excellence in teaching journalism and in student press advising. There have only been 902 recipients of the Gold Key since 1929.

2019 ROSE Award Recipients Include Chesterfield Representatives

Rockwood School District’s ROSE Award Patrol crisscrossed the district to surprise 15 ROSE Award recipients with balloons, roses, cheers and high-fives to recognize positive school changes they’re promoting. Among recipients was Chesterfield-based Donna Dickerson, school cafeteria manager at Kehrs Mill Elementary. Districtwide recipients were Taylor Decker, Rockwood Elementary social worker; Brittany Hogan, Rockwood coordinator of education, equity and diversity; Kim LitzauPartners in Education coordinator; and Cathy Orta, executive director of communication. A ROSE Awards Ceremony will be held May 5 at the Doubletree by Hilton St. Louis in Chesterfield.  

2019 Safety Town Sessions

Registration is underway for Safety Town, one of the most popular programs hosted by Chesterfield Police Department officers. The program is geared toward youngsters ages 4 to 6 years old. A series of two-hour Safety Town sessions are offered from June 3 through July 8 at Chesterfield Elementary School, 17700 Wild Horse Creek Road. Contact Officer Chad Meyer at 636.537.6769 or email